Agriculture systems around the world are facing significant challenges under pressure from climate change, land and water limitations, and the demand for more food. On Small World Journeys tours focusing on agriculture and agronomy, students explore solutions to these challenges by exploring both traditional methods by Australian farmers—with crops ranging from bananas to coffee to sugar—but also innovative new techniques. You can speak openly with farmers about the challenges of modern-day farming in Australia and experience the region’s wild places as well.
Agriculture and agronomy are discussed on the following educational tours:
Agriculture and Agronomy - 9 Day Adventure
9 Days / 8 Nights
Agriculture in the Australian Tropics
Trips starting from: $2058 per student
Community Service & Sustainability - 9 Day Adventure
9 Days / 8 Nights
Service Projects and Sustainability Learning in One Fun Trip
Trips starting from: $2226 per student
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Tour Tropical Crop Farms
With its origins in the late 19th century, the Queensland sugar industry has played a significant role in the development of many regions in Queensland. Visit a farm that has been in the same family since the late 1800s. The farm is the oldest in the shire, growing sugar, papaya and cocoa, and is considered one of the premier sugar cane farms in the region.
Learn from an Agronomist
Give depth to your experience on the farms – we arrange an agronomist to speak to you about plant protection and disease control. Learn how the agronomist has spent years working on plant protection in the tropics, on a range of tropical fruit crops including banana, papaya, lychee, mango and passionfruit. You learn about research on disease diagnostic methods, pheromone trapping and monitoring systems and novel biological control technologies as well as efficacy and residue trials for registration of new pesticides.
Discuss Growing Methods with Farmers
On farm visits, you have time to talk with the farmers about their techniques, view their equipment, and ask specific questions about their methods. You are shown the different crops grown on the property and discuss which crops have not been successfully grown on the farm as well. Depending on the timing of your visit, the farms may be planting or harvesting peanuts, potatoes, maize, navy beans or canola, which is used both for human consumption and for use as biodiesel.
Seed Lab and Native Plant Nursery
Enjoy a visit to Australia’s largest tropical native plant nursery where over 1,000 tropical native plants have been introduced into horticulture. Here you learn how their Australian native plants are grown for forestry, re-vegetation, and ornamental use as well as for the emerging “bush foods” industry in north Queensland. Named “Grower of the Year” by Queensland’s Nursery and Garden Industry, this nursery has also pioneered clonal seed propagation of new varieties.
Explore a Coffee Plantation
The rich volcanic soil and higher altitude of the Cairns Highlands (550 metres above sea level), combined with organic growing principles, make the region’s coffee beans some of the most sought after in Australia and the world. Visit a coffee plantation where you learn about the processing and harvesting of coffee in Australia. You taste the sweet coffee fruit from the trees (in season), tour the coffee processing mills, and discuss with the growers the challenges of synchronised flowering, harvesting, plant rejuvenation and nutrition for the Australian conditions.
Taste Fruits at an Organic Permaculture Farm
Tour an organic farm and orchard, where you learn techniques of small-scale farmers. These two farmers–local “fruit enthusiasts”–have an exotic tropical fruit orchard that is planted with more than 2000 fruit trees with over 100 different species. You learn how they use “permaculture” which is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, and environmental design which develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. A highlight is tasting some of their more interesting fruits such the star apple, Miracle Fruit and the Ice Cream Bean.
Learn Traditional Uses of Rainforest Plants
On a Daintree rainforest walk with an aboriginal elder, see the rainforest through indigenous eyes. The Kuku Yalanji are one of the only tribal rainforest people in Australia who still have their own culture and language and students. In Mossman Gorge, learn what native plants were used for food, medicine, and even soap. Your guide also explains aspects of aboriginal culture.
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